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Year: 2014 Type: Book Chapter Language: English

Deevia Bhana explores young women’s expressions of sexuality in post-apartheid South Africa, in a township context marked by historical inequalities, violence and vulnerability to HIV. Bhana shows that whilst the women’s understandings of sexuality are not entirely centred on poverty, violence and disease, their perspectives are nevertheless embedded in social and economic relations of power.

Two key narratives of sexuality are identified from her discussions with the young women. Bhana points to the emergence of an alternative narrative of sexuality, which would require changing gender norms and notions of love, whilst affording the possibility for young women of expressing their agency in more empowering ways. 

Resource is unavailable online, but can be viewed at the British Library of Development Studies in Brighton, www.blds.ids.ac.uk.

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